You are here

News

RSS

Archives

China's Mo Yan, "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary," is the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read about the novelist and his work in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles by Mo Yan available here in the libraries.

The Information Center desk is now open on Saturday afternoons to help you with your research. Come by with questions between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm both Saturdays and Sundays!

Be sure to stop by to visit the Library Open House today from 1:00 to 4:00 pm here in Green Library! Find out about the amazing resources offered by campus Libraries and Academic Computing.

  • Learn about our vast collections of books, films, data, e-resources, and more.
  • Meet staff from the libraries on campus and talk to them about your project needs.
  • Discover how to find databases in SearchWorks and how to search multiple databases with xSearch.
  • See a demo of our book-scanning robot.
  • Talk to experts about managing your citations using RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero.
  • Enter the drawing to win fabulous prizes.

Check here for more information. See you this afternoon!

 

The San Francisco Literary Festival Litquake is taking place starting today, Friday, October 5, and runs through Saturday, October 13.

From the Litquake website:

This year’s festival features 163 events, more than 850 authors — and most of it free! Here’s the entire schedule at a glance. You can also check out select highlights or the full roster of 2012 Festival authors with links to their bios. And here’s a list of our special programs for 2012, including our new Words and Pictures museum series, and the first-ever Berkeley Ramble! Not to mention the Lit Crawl schedule here.

Be sure to stop by to visit the Library Open House next Tuesday, October 9, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm here. Come to Green Library to find out about the amazing resources offered by campus Libraries and Academic Computing.

Fall foliage with Hoover Tower in background

We have an ambitious set of goals for continuing to improve and enrich the library website in October.  These priorities are based on our original project goals and on feedback and suggestions gathered from patrons and staff. Please continue to send us your feedback and encourage others to do so as well.

 Our goals for October 2012 are to:

  • Participate in the Library Open House, showing students, faculty, and staff how the new site can support their teaching, learning, and research needs.  We will also use the Open House as an opportunity to gather feedback on how scholars use the library website.
  • Convene a Library Website Steering Group, responsible for evaluating and prioritizing future website work (e.g. new feature and functionality requests, major content additions, etc.).  This group will play a crucial role in recommending priorities for development and content work on the new website, and for recommending policies and best practices for the library website.
  • Develop a way to allow People associated with Guides to see unpublished Guides in their Workbench. Currently only Authors can see unpublished Guides in Workbench, but we are working on a solution to allow all People who are added to a Guide to be able to see the unpublished Guides in their Workbench to enable easy co-editing and authoring.
  • Add spellcheck functionality to the WYSIWYG editor for content creators.
  • Enable Follow Us links on library About pages, so we will have consistent, easy way to add Facebook and Twitter links for those libraries who use social media.
  • Enable simple formatting (bold, italics, and hyperlinking) in the annotations field of SearchWorks items in Guides
  • Update the view of Blog posts by topic to sort in reverse chronological order (most recent first), and to add archives links.
  • Work on discovery and design of Collections pages.
  • Complete work on Events pages.
  • Continue to provide training and guidance to content creators.
  • Continue to respond to feedback received from patrons and staff.

 

 

Example of Top Hit for search on "wireless"

September was a busy month for the library website team. We officially launched the new site on August 28, and have been steadily adding content, features, and functionality since them.  Below is a summary of the Library website work accomplished in September. 

Patron-facing changes and enhancements:

  • Updated the footer at the bottom of every page to make the Stanford University logo link to the Stanford homepage
  • Updated the design of the “Page not Found” page to make it more user-friendly
  • Added LOCKSS to the About page
  • Added links to eJournals under Research Support drop-down and under main search box on homepage
  • Set up Google site map feed to ensure new content is indexed and findable via Google search quickly
  • Added images to Department pages
  • Added keywords and “top hit” status as appropriate to various pages to ensure accurate search results

 Content creation changes and enhancements:

  • Fixed misaligned WYSIWYG toolbar for News content type
  • Implemented de-duplication feature for generating list of Guides by subject for branch microsites, so that guides with multiple subjects are listed only once
  • Added “Publish” option for blog posts (in addition to Save option)
  • Made selected changes/additions to the Subjects list and updated display of subjects to alphabetical

 In addition to the specific work noted above, members of the Library Website Redesign project team and the Online Experience Group have:

  • Created, modified, and edited significant amounts of content in response to user feedback
  • Provided training and trouble-shooting support to content creators throughout SUL
  • Fielded approximately 200 feedback emails

 

A big thanks to all those who have worked on the site this month, especially those of you who have taken the time to send in your feedback.

 

 

Green Library

Save the date! The Library Open House is happening on Tuesday, 9 October, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm here in Green Library. Take a look at our video preview here.

Pages